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Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. In English, Mars carries a name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the 'Red Planet'. The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars' surface, which gives it a reddish appearance distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.

Assessing Perseverance’s Seventh Sample Collection

“On Wednesday, Dec. 29 (sol 306) Perseverance successfully cored and extracted a sample from a Mars rock. Data downlinked after the sampling indicates that coring of the rock the science team nicknamed Issole went smoothly. However, during the transfer of …

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Reaches a Total of 30 Minutes Aloft

“With its recent 17th flight, the Red Planet rotorcraft reaches an airborne milestone the team never considered achievable. Its 18th flight is scheduled for no earlier than today. The 17th flight of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on Dec. 5 …

NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover Makes Surprising Discoveries

“The findings by rover scientists highlight the diversity of samples geologists and future scientists associated with the agency’s Mars Sample Return program will have to study. Scientists with NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover mission have discovered that the bedrock …

NASA’s Perseverance Captures Challenging Flight by Mars Helicopter

“Recently downlinked imagery of a September flight has allowed the rover imaging team to put together a video of rotorcraft performing to near-perfection. Video footage from NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s 13th flight on …

With First Martian Samples Packed, Perseverance Initiates Remarkable Sample Return Mission

“NASA, along with the European Space Agency, is developing a campaign to return the Martian samples to Earth. On Sept. 1, NASA’s Perseverance rover unfurled its arm, placed a drill bit at the Martian surface, and drilled about 2 …

2,800 RPM Spin a Success, but Flight 14 Delayed to Post Conjunction

“It’s been an eventful several Martian days, or sols, since our last blog post, so we wanted to provide everyone with an update on where things stand on Mars. In our last post, we explained that we were getting …

NASA’s Mars Fleet Lies Low With Sun Between Earth and Red Planet

“The missions will continue collecting data about the Red Planet, though engineers back on Earth will stop sending commands to them until mid-October. NASA will stand down from commanding its Mars missions for the next few weeks while Earth and …

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Cameras Capture Mars Like Never Before

“Scientists tap into an array of imagers aboard the six-wheeled explorer to get a big picture of the Red Planet. NASA’s Perseverance rover has been exploring Jezero Crater for more than 217 Earth days (211 Martian days, or sols …

NASA Confirms Thousands of Massive, Ancient Volcanic Eruptions on Mars

“Some volcanoes can produce eruptions so powerful they release oceans of dust and toxic gases into the air, blocking out sunlight and changing a planet’s climate for decades. By studying the topography and mineral composition of a portion of …

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars’ History

“NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover successfully collected its first pair of rock samples, and scientists already are gaining new insights into the region. After collecting its first sample, named “Montdenier,” Sept. 6, the team collected a second, “Montagnac,” from the …